Are knock-offs always inferior to the genuine stuff? Merriam-Webster’s definition of a knock-off specifies cheapness and inferiority. If Alibaba’s Jack Ma is to be believed, then knock-offs can sometimes be of better quality even if they cost less. However, in light of recent events that have made the word “symbolism” synonymous with “fake”, something that is not real—not merely inaccurate— can never be cured by “common sense”.
So, what is common sense? It means “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts”—again, as defined by Merriam-Webster. Using an image to portray something it is not will not allow one to use “sound and prudent judgement”, right? Might it be more of a deception, then? Perhaps—especially if one has a hidden agenda!
Hidden agenda? Turning to Merriam-Webster once more, hidden agenda is nothing but ulterior motive! Okay, so what “hidden agenda” could one harbor when using a file photo taken elsewhere to ask people to pray? To me, what was “hidden”—no, make that “absent or missing”—was integrity.
I remember having a discussion recently about including an interview with a movie character to emphasize that his story could “really happen”. I said I will not write an interview with a fictional character for emphasis– because that would be deception, whatever the purpose! Would this not be considered a “fake interview”?
Whether or not we intend to pass off something as “the real McCoy” or to simply use it as a visual aid, honesty and prudence dictate that we at least say where the picture was taken, where it appeared, who took it, or at least, its source. This shows respect both for the one who actually owns the picture and the readers/viewers who should not be misled (even if they have common sense).
I feel cheated when I pay genuine rates for knock-offs and fakes. Who wouldn’t? Then again, when you buy something cheap that is passed off as the real thing, then you run the risk of having a “lemon”—something that may break easily or give you allergies (or poison you)—something useless!
Which brings me to my last point: that useless things (or people) that come cheap should be avoided. To know whether you’re buying “a bargain”, you need critical thinking—something that is not so common. “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is (too good to be true)” is something we’ve heard often enough, but probably have not really understood.
Whenever my children question my ideas or my decisions, I feel I have raised them well. They will not readily take s**t—not even from their own mother. Any person in a position of influence has the responsibility of maintaining integrity and not simply rely on others’ “common sense” as the issue goes beyond symbolism and intent.
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